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Is Stratolaunch ready to fly? Paul Allen's gigantic plane raises its nose off the ground...

• By MARK PRIGG, CHEYENNE MACDONALD

The world's largest plane has taken another step toward its maiden flight after successfully raising its nose wheels off the ground in a high speed runway test. 

Stratolaunch, the firm working to bring the aerospace vision of late Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen to life, said the gigantic craft reached 110 knots, or 126mph in the latest test.  

The Stratolaunch team performed successful high-speed taxi testing at the Mojave Air & Space Port on January 9, 2019. 

During the three-part test series, the team achieved a maximum speed of 119 knots with nose gear off of the ground. 

It is the latest is a series of tests for the plane, which late last year underwent a major engine test.  

The team completed the test on November 2 just weeks after passing a key taxi test at the Mojave Air & Space Port.

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